March 23, 2021 The western United States is currently experiencing moderate to severe drought, and it is expected to worsen in upcoming months. Almost half of the United States is currently experiencing some level of drought, and it is expected to worsen in upcoming months. Experts say the dry conditions could put […]

  Global map reveals areas at risk of pesticide pollution. Credit: Associate Professor Federico Maggi, Dr. Fiona Tang, University of Sydney   ENLARGE Global Pesticide Use Is Set to Increase A global map of agricultural land across 168 countries has revealed that 64 percent of land used for agriculture and food […]

Linum bienne is the closest relative to cultivated flax. Credit: University of Portsmouth Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have come up with a formula to help plant breeders and farmers around the world grow crops in a more sustainable way. The new checklist, which was published […]

Among the report’s case studies: Africa’s Kariba Dam, the world’s largest man-made reservoir, impounding 181 km³ of water. Almost $300 million was loaned in 2014 to repair the dam, with completion expected by 2023. The report says “Dams like Kariba will likely continue to operate much longer with recurring investments […]

A ribbon model of a protein. Credit: Emw/Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0 Proteins are essential to cells, carrying out complex tasks and catalyzing chemical reactions. Scientists and engineers have long sought to harness this power by designing artificial proteins that can perform new tasks, like treat disease, capture carbon or harvest […]

Manuring with man urine: researchers from Japan electrochemically create ammonia from urine to grow plants in space. Credit: Freepik Researchers at Tokyo University of Science devise a new electrochemical technology to manufacture ammonia-based fertilizer from urea. From the perspective of future societies, in extremely closed environments such as a space […]

Agricultural mechanisation can reduce work burden, increase prosperity and enhance diets. Credit: Shutterstock Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa, replacing hand hoes and animal traction across the continent. While around 80-90% of all farmers still rely on manual labour or draught animals, this is changing, driven by falling machinery prices […]